Shervington: We have to back it up this Sunday

Edd Shervington says that, after getting a bonus-point win in France last weekend, the team must back it up with a big performance at Adams Park.

Wasps kept themselves in the hunt for qualification from Pool 2 of the European Champions Cup with a bonus-point win over Castres last weekend. Despite going in at halftime with just a one-point lead, the men in black and gold won the game 32-17 and Shervington says that it was always going to be a tight first period.

“It was a decent win. It’s always going to be tight in the first half out in France against some big boys but I felt that we more than matched them in that first 40 minutes and went in at half time with a lead, however narrow. They really came at us in the first half and we weren’t quite on the money, so it was probably a difficult first period to watch.”

“There’s a lot for us to work on this week but for us to get a bonus point win where we had to really scrap for it was really encouraging. The subs coming on made a big difference as well, making a good impact, which shows the depth we have in this squad and Castres couldn’t live with that.”

That bonus-point haul last weekend keeps Wasps in the chase to qualify out of their group, with pool-toppers Leinster and Harlequins set to face each other again this weekend.

“We didn’t really speak about what we needed from the game beforehand. In the back of our minds we knew that a bonus point win would keep us in contention in the competition and it was awesome that we got it. It is a two part game though and we have to back it up this weekend. They are going to come to Adams Park this Sunday a bit angry, looking to show us up on our own patch and we aren’t taking it lightly. We have to keep moving forward.”

We haven’t spoken this week about what we need from this weekend but, if we execute all of our structures and play like we can do, we should get another good result, which would put us in a good place in this competition.”

Shervington has enjoyed a run of starts recently and, after missing the early part of the season with injury, he says he is delighted to be back out on the field.

“It wasn’t a great start for me picking up an injury before the first game but now I’m happy to be playing again. Credit has to go to Dai [Young] for giving me the time to get myself right and back to full fitness. Now I’m just trying to repay him for that by playing as well as I can.”

“I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m enjoying Wasps and what we do here and I’m really buying into everything we are doing. The calibre of players here is brilliant and you get excited every time you take to the training pitch because of the players you have around you.”

Sunday’s game against Castres marks the final game at Adams Park before the pending move to the Ricoh Arena and Shervington says that the squad are focused on finishing their time in High Wycombe on a high note.

“We’re all massively excited about the move, especially after today’s announcement about 22,700 tickets already being out there for the first game . We want to play in front of big crowds and it’s going to be amazing getting out there for the first game. It’s the end of an era that I have only been a part of for a small amount of time. We have got to do a job this weekend to say a fitting farewell to Adams Park and then we can go into that first game at the Ricoh Arena on the back of that.”

Tickets for Wasps matches at the Ricoh Arena against London Irish on Sunday 21st December and Sale Sharks on 4th January can be purchased on reception at the Ricoh Arena, online here or by calling the Wasps ticket line on 0844 847 1867.